Gilly Bharath, a qualified and respected Injury Therapist is now available at the Bracknell Rugby Football Club.
One of the easiest ways to injure your back is through careless lifting. Proper bending and lifting, and wearing a back brace can help you to both prevent back injury and lesson painful flare-ups. The mechanics of bending and lifting are hard on the back, especially when lifting heavy objects. Various structures in our backs can be injured during the lifting phase. Muscles can go into spasm, ligaments can be strained, discs (the spacers that cushion the back) can be injured, and more.
You might get away with poor lifting technique for a while, especially if you are young and haven’t had a previous low back injury. However, improper repetitive use of the back fatigues these important structures. Sooner or later, your back won’t be able to withstand the pressures and injury will occur.
The goal of proper lifting is to keep the shoulders over the hips, keep the low back straight, and thus keep the lever systems short. This is accomplished by bending the knees and lifting with the legs.
Follow these 10 tips to avoid injury: